A quirky period cottage in a sleepy Northumbrian village near Alnwick.
A cosy sanctuary in the foothills of the Cheviots that places Northumberland’s coast and countryside on your doorstep
The small village of Glanton is set in the rolling foothills of the Cheviots, with the Northumberland National Park less than 5 miles west as the crow flies, the historic city of Alnwick 9 miles to the east, and the Northumberland coastline just a few miles further east. Thanks to its perch on Glanton Hill, the village affords sweeping views across the Vale of Whittingham, framed by the Cheviots to the north, Simonside to the south and the Otterburn Moors to the west.
The Hermitage is a dainty stone cottage in a row of period houses in the heart of Glanton. True to its name, this property is a welcoming sanctuary, and proof that bigger is not always better. The hub of the cottage is its open plan kitchen and dining room, which leads out onto a secluded south-facing patio dotted with potted plants. Compact yet well appointed, the kitchen delivers everything needed to rustle up delicious meals to enjoy at the six-person dining table or informal bites at the kitchen island breakfast bar.
The sitting room, which features the cottage’s original fireplace and roaring coal fire, is painted in striking ultramarine and dotted with select pieces from the owners’ antique collection. Ranging from ornate timber wardrobes and gilt-framed prints to delicate ceramic tea sets, these antique and vintage pieces are found across the entire cottage. Combined with bold paint colours and contemporary design touches, the result is a convivial, eclectic and distinctly grown-up vibe.
Moving upstairs, there’s a double room with a washstand and sweeping views over the Vale and a slightly larger bedroom with a king size bed. Both rooms share access to a good-sized bathroom with a bath and shower.
Small boot room with hanging space and storage for outdoor wear.
Open-plan living area comprising kitchen and dining area.
Well-equipped kitchen with large electric oven with 5-ring electric hob, dishwasher, Nespresso Vertuo coffee machine, large fridge / freezer, washing machine and microwave.
Dining area seating six.
Door opening onto the patio area.
Cosy sitting room with open fire (coal provided), seating for four, Smart TV and sound dock.
Bedroom one with king size bed and wardrobe.
Bedroom two with double (4’ 6” bed) with wash stand and built-in cupboard with hanging space.
Bathroom with bath and handheld shower, separate walk-in shower, basin and WC.
There is a fully enclosed, pretty south-facing patio garden to the rear of the house with outside seating. There is pedestrian access to the street from the patio garden.
There is ample on-street parking in the village.
Babies & Children
Regretfully, the cottage is not suitable for babies and children.
One small well-behaved dog is welcome.
Luxurious bed linen and towels are provided along with guest toiletries. A hairdryer is provided in the master bedroom.
Wi-Fi & Mobile Coverage
Superfast broadband is provided. Mobile coverage is patchy but generally improves outside.
There is oil heating throughout and an open fire in the sitting room with coal provided.
The cottage has close neighbours as it sits in a row of period cottages in the centre of the village of Glanton.
Glanton is a small village in the foothills of the Cheviots in North Northumberland. Built on a south facing spur of Glanton Hill, the village has a superb range of views across the Vale of Whittingham, framed by the Cheviots to the north, Simonside to the south and the Otterburn Moors to the west.
A short 15-minute drive east of The Hermitage will bring you into Alnwick where you will find an excellent range of amenities and an eclectic mix of charming specialist shops. Here you can wander the cobbled streets and gift shops around the marketplace, or stop-off at one of the many quaint cafes across the area, including Bari Tea based in the Castle Quarter for a very lovely lunch or a decadent afternoon cream tea! Sit by the fire in the old station waiting room of Barter Books in Alnwick reading one of their thousands of second-hand books.
With the stunning Northumbrian coastline under half an hour east of Glanton, you could be enjoying the bay at Alnmouth or the pristine golden sands at Warkworth, which stretch as far as the eye can see. The harbour at Amble which looks out to Coquet Island is popular for walkers and families and is home to fish shacks, seafood eateries and pastel-coloured beach huts.
To the west of Glanton is Ingram village and Breamish Valley where tumbling waterfalls, picturesque riverbanks and rolling hills make it the perfect place to hike, cycle or simply put down your picnic basket. This picturesque village is situated in the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park and has been designated as a Dark Sky Discovery Site. Take a walk in the Breamish Valley to the Linhope Spout Waterfall and stop for a picnic or to dip your toes in the crystal clear waters.
Alnwick is to the east of Glanton and offers a multitude of activities for you to enjoy during your stay. This magical market town offers a wide range of activities from dining in the twinkling treetops at The Alnwick Garden, flying a broomstick at Alnwick Castle or visiting one of the largest second hand bookstores in the country, Barter Books, which is housed within a Victorian Railway Station.
For the golfers in your party, you can enjoy the proximity of Alnwick Castle Golf Club, an 18 hole parkland course in the heart of Northumberland, or travel further afield to avail yourselves of the abundance of courses which hug the outstanding heritage coastline offering the true links experience. Courses such as Warkworth, Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh Castle Golf Club afford exceptional golf only surpassed by the stunning coastal views from the greens.
For something different, why not visit Chillingham Castle which is reportedly Britain’s most haunted historic castle. With idyllic grounds once designed by Capability Brown, the castle boasts commanding views of the surrounding countryside with local farmsteads and the scenic grandeur of the Cheviots. Wildlife abounds with deer, red squirrels and badgers in the woods to see and, if you are lucky, you may see the famous herd of Wild Cattle in the distance.
Nearby Rothbury, known locally as the Capital of Coquetdale, is an excellent base for the enthusiastic fisherman with the River Coquet running through the village and the surrounding areas. With runs of Salmon and Sea Trout the Coquet is a popular and appealing place to fish. Alternatively, a few miles west of Rothbury is Caiston Trout Fishery, a beautiful 50-acre fishing lake, spring fed and stocked with Rainbow, Blue and Wild Brown Trout.
From the lush green uplands to shimmering sea, the area boasts a hugely diverse and enticing landscape that is perfect for exploring on foot. From gentle rambles to long-distance hikes, there are a vast array of trails and waymarked routes for newbie walkers or experienced alike.Find Out More
There are 40 golf courses in Northumberland, and another 21 in the Scottish Borders offering visitors an incredibly wide and varied range of golfing options.Find Out More
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Historic houses and castles
With more stately homes, castles and historic sites here than you can shake a proverbial stick at, visitors are quite simply spoilt for choice.Find Out More
Children and families
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Horse riding is intrinsically linked to the history and heritage of the area and goes right back to the 13th and 14th centuries where townspeople would ride the clan’s boundaries to protect their common lands. Thankfully our riding pursuits today are not quite so dramatic!Find Out More
Shopping, arts and crafts
We are extremely fortunate to have a region where independent shops are king, and to have an area flowing with creativity through its talents in arts, crafts and textiles.Find Out More
Museums, galleries and culture
Our museums tell the story of Borders people and provide a unique insight into our region’s heritage and culture, such as the turbulent past of the Border Reivers or the tragic tale of exiled Mary Queen of Scots.Find Out More
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Cycling & mountain biking
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Ancestral history research
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Cooks and chefs
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Babysitting and nannies
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- One dog is welcome.
- Typical arrival day: Friday
- Arrival time: 4pm
- Departure time: 10am
"Thanks to its proximity to the Northumberland National Park, a designated Dark Skies site, there’s first-class stargazing to be enjoyed from The Hermitage’s sheltered patio. "Michael, owner of The Hermitage